For me this week was actually a pretty good one. We actually got to teach some investigators which was really nice as we had not taught an investigator in about 2 weeks I would say. It started on an exchange on Friday and Saturday with my Zone Leader Elder Mackey. We were stopping by some LA members in an apartment complex and ran into this guy, Michael who was out skateboarding through the complex. We stopped him and started talking to him about what he was up to and how his holiday season was going. We asked about his religious background in which he stated he goes to the church his GF's uncle is over just a tiny little Christian Church, then he asked what we teach and believe in. We shared about God being our Father and the Love he has for us which is what we need to remember this time of year. We set up a time to go and teach a lesson to him on Sunday which ended up being awesome. We went Sunday around 12:00 and taught him outside his apartment on the main balcony walkway between his and someone else's apartment. We shared the first lesson emphasizing that because we have a Heavenly Father who loves us we need to show our love for him by following the example of Christ as fully as we can. Shared the Joseph Smith Story which as always was a powerful moment in the lesson. My companion then extended the baptismal invite to Michael. He responded with ... he had already been baptized which we then taught about Priesthood Authority going back to Jesus Christ which he seemed to start to understand. We gave him a Book of Mormon and he said he would start reading from the beginning. Set up a lesson for next Friday at 8:00 PM but sadly he is 20...and single...which means to follow the Order of the church we had to pass him over to the YSA elders. Kind of a bummer but hey, it's the same church still a son of God, doesn't matter who "Baptizes" him, just that he gets baptized.
On Sunday as well we taught the Gonzalez family who is so ready to get baptized. We taught them the Word of Wisdom and committed them to live it. It was a lot easier than I thought it would be especially since she drinks coffee all the time. She said though if that is what it takes to be baptized then I will stop drinking it! We are going to be setting a date with them next week around the last week of January beginning of February which is awesome. It is so cool to see someone who has just been prepared and is ready to make this step. So keep them in your prayers that they will stay strong and keep the desire to be baptized so they can be sealed as a family. They are already wanting to be sealed and married in the temple and yesterday were asking about how long they had to wait before they could go, so that is there ultimate goal which is awesome to see.
|San Diego Temple|
As far as christmas goes plan probably around 11:00 11:30 California time to be on. Depends on when the Baptism is that day. But yeah Google Hangout should work going over to a members that has a computer and ipads and laptops sou it should be easy. Be thinking of questions and stuff to talk about.
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:) You are the best keep up the good work!! :)
"Fourth Floor Last Door"
Elder Amric Zane Sobczak
California, Carlsbad, USA
January 2013-June 2013
California, Irvine, USA
July 2013-December 2014